Cure on Capitol Hill — meats, cheeses, libations and fun
The menu at Capitol Hill's Cure focuses on charcuterie. Most plates pair your choice of salt-cooked meat or cheese with bread and other accompaniments.
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CureBar / Charcuterie
1641 Nagle Place, Seattle
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Etc: All major credit cards accepted; street parking; no obstacles to access; full bar
When you think of cured meats, the likes of ham and prosciutto spring to mind. But what about duck, trout or wild boar? Not likely, but that's the thinking that goes into Capitol Hill's Cure.
Nestled in the backside of a condo building, overlooking Cal Anderson Park's tennis courts, you'll find this bar/restaurant where the primary goal is to fill you up with meats, cheeses, libations and fun.
The menu: Fourteen featured plates highlight the menu. Most pair your choice of salt-cooked meat or cheese with bread and other accompaniments. The plates aren't huge, but they are surprisingly filling — best to share two to three plates between a pair of people — and range in price from $5.95-$12.95.
What to write home about: The smoked duck breast plate ($10.95) pairs slices of tender fowl with fig jam and slices of a baguette. The coppa plate ($10.95) is thinly sliced salume that melts like butter in your mouth and is paired with pecorino cheese, stone-ground mustard and cornichons (baby pickles).
There are options for the non-carnivores, too. The warm-queso plate ($9.95) offers melted cheese that is still bubbling when it reaches your table and is served with toasted crostini and pickled shallots.
The setting: The long, thin bar is an odd shape for a restaurant and does not fit that many patrons, but oddly it works. Each seat has a view of the park across the street and is perfect for people-watching.
Summing up: Three featured plates, along with warm apple strudel topped with ice cream for dessert ($7.95), totaled $39.80 plus tax and tip, and fed two people.